Gareth Bale's El Clasico ended in boos on Saturday night as he was hauled off with half an hour still to play.
Whereas eyebrows were raised when Santiago Solari substituted Toni Kroos, there were no such criticisms about him withdrawing the under-fire Welshman.
Real Madrid's attack was uninspiring and they rarely looked like cancelling out Ivan Rakitic's opener.
Unsurprisingly, it was Bale who bore the brunt of those frustrations. According to Sky Sports, he touched the ball just 20 times.
The 29-year-old has a tally of 13 goals in all competitions this season, if you include the Club World Cup, but it has not been deemed acceptable of a forward who was charged with replacing Cristiano Ronaldo this season.
Several reports over the past few days suggest he is also unpopular internally at the club because of his failure to properly integrate.
Almost six years on from leaving Tottenham in a then world-record deal, he still hasn't learned Spanish.
Bale is running out of chances
All this has contributed to the European champions losing patience with the 29-year-old. The trouble is, his injury record and his £350,000-a-week wages are going to make shifting him a little more complex.
The Mirror report that Florentino Perez is therefore eyeing a swap deal with Spurs in which their former star would be used as a makeweight, with Christian Eriksen going the other way.
The Danish playmaker has so far refused to sign a new deal in north London, with his current contract expiring at the end of last season.
His recent dip in form may make the Lilywhites more partial than they might otherwise have been.
Embarrassingly for Bale, he would only form one part of the deal. Los Blancos would offer another £50million on top.
Last summer, Real considered offloading him to Manchester United in order to raise the funds to sign Kylian Mbappe.
The deal never materialised, and it has left Bale in a difficult situation in the Spanish capital that will surely come to an end in the coming months.